CHARLESTON, SC – September 26, 2018 – Today South Carolina Ports Authority reported 13 percent fiscal year-to-date growth of twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled through August.
As previously reported, SCPA has moved 407,135 TEUs since the 2019 fiscal year began July 1. The Port achieved the highest monthly container volume in its history, with 206,541 TEUs handled last month, and exceeded August 2017 volumes by 16 percent.
Pier container, or box volume, is up 13.5 percent fiscal year-to-date. August was also the highest month in SCPA history for pier container volume, with 117,037 containers moved at its two container terminals.
“Fall is a traditionally strong season for the Port,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. “A record-breaking August, and the sixth consecutive record-setting month for container volumes, the Port is well-positioned for continued growth through 2018.”
In the non-containerized cargo market, Charleston handled 41,125 pier tons of breakbulk cargo in August, including 13,153 finished vehicles.
Inland Port Greer handled 11,982 rail moves in August. The facility?s fiscal year-to-date volume is over 10 percent higher than last year, with 21,780 rail moves since July.
About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.
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SC Ports Authority